On behalf of the 88,000 members of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan, I write to express opposition to Senate Bill 257 as it pertains to Business Improvement Zones. We believe there is a high likelihood that the changes this legislation makes to Business Improvement Zones will exacerbate existing potential for these zones to favor certain business over others, and crowd out startup and incubator business.
Michigan lawmakers this week stood up for state sovereignty regarding education policy and passed budgets that prohibit any funding for the controversial Common Core system. Following a conference committee to hammer out differences among the House and Senate budgets, the appropriation bill will go to Governor Snyder's desk. Snyder's proposed 2014 budget did not include any funding for Common Core.
The Senate Appropriations Committee will decide today whether to include the Medicaid expansion in the Senate's budget. Meanwhile, Governor Snyder continues to push for expanding Medicaid to 133% of the poverty level as allowed, but NOT REQUIRED, under President Obama's health care takeover.
Tuesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held hearings on three bills: House Bill 4358, 4359, and 4539. Supporters of increasing taxes and fees on Michigan residents were out in plenty; suit after suit appeared to testify in support of raising an additional $1.4-1.6 billion dollars in order to "Fix the Roads." One voice missing from the discussion--You!
By Casey Given Two weeks ago, Education Week reported that the Department of Education will oversee the design of assessment tests for the Common Core State Standards, confirming suspicions that initiative is nothing less than a federal curriculum for America’s schools. While I’ve already commented on the implications this announcement will have on public schools, Common Core’s federal control does [...]